cv Babette Francis
Babette Francis, B.Sc. (Hons), (Microbiology & Chemistry}, mother of eight, was born in
India, and lived there for twenty two years. She met her Australian husband, Mr. Charles
Francis, AM, RFD, QC, on a ship bound for London. They were married in London and came
back to live in Australia. They have twenty grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Francis is one of the founding members of Endeavour Forum Inc., a pro-life, pro-family
Australian women's NGO which has links with similar groups overseas. Endeavour Forum
aims to enhance the status of the uniquely female and the traditional women's roles and to
counter the ideology of contemporary feminism whose adherents believe there are no
differences between the sexes and that abortion on demand will pave the path to equality.
In her pioneering Minority Report on Equal Opportunity in Schools, (1977), as a Member of the government-appointed Victorian Committee on Equal Opportunity in Schools, Mrs.
Francis highlighted that the aims of feminists are not merely to encourage girls to undertake
non-traditional subjects such as mathematics and trades such as plumbing, the real objective is to create a unisex androgynous society.
Babette Francis is the Senior Fellow – Social Policy at Macroeconomics She is also the
Vice President of the Melbourne Branch of the National Party, a Vice-President of the
Family Council of Victoria, and Vice-President of the Drug Advisory Council of Australia.
Mrs. Francis is a freelance writer, currently her articles appear in News Weekly, AD 2000,
Fidelity, Kairos, OnLine Opinion and the ABC's The Drum. Mrs.Francis has also had several columns published in the Herald Sun, Australia's largest-selling daily newspaper.
Babette Francis has led teams to attended numerous UN Conferences: on the Status of Women, Population, Habitat, and Food. She and members of Endeavour Forum Inc. were among the first pro-life, pro-family women to attend the UN Mid-Decade Women's Conference in Copenhagen in 1980 and to alert other organisations to the anti-family implications of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and of the anti-family agenda of groups dominating the UN's Commission on the Status of Women.
In 1988 Babette Francis was honoured by Eagle Forum, USA, by being named "Homemaker
of the Year" for Australia. In 1990, the Baltic Communities in Australia named Mrs. Francis
on their Honours List for Services to the Cause of Freedom. In April 1991, the Cardinal
Mindszenty Foundation in the U.S.A. honoured Mrs. Francis with their "Motherhood
Award" for' 1991. In 2012 Steve Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute
presented Mrs. Francis with The Father Paul Marx Lifetime Achievement Award.
In October 1995 Babette Francis was invited by the Pontifical Council for the Family to chair
the English language group's discussions at the Third World Congress of Pro-Life Movements held in Rome. Mrs. Francis has been a speaker at conferences in the USA, England, Portugal, Switzerland, Portugal, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, Eire, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Singapore. She has also been a speaker at the World Congress of Families in Prague, Geneva, Mexico, Warsaw and Madrid.
In 2000 Endeavour Forum Inc. was granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic &
Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. It is the only Australian pro-life, pro-family organisation to have achieved such status in its own right.